As the days still retain their gloom, thought I’d cheer you up with some fun things to know about our part of the planet…
Feel free to include them in your next Trivia Game, over happy hour, or for stimulating conversation with co-workers.
1: Betcha didn’t know there was a real, live model for the Dirty Dan statue. You know the one I’m talking about, on the Village Green in Fairhaven, the lean fellow bronzed on a bench. Turns out that dapper gent is really our local artist, Rick Bulman. Rick helped to found the Whatcom Art Market in Fairhaven, another hidden gem. This was his first and only modeling gig. Check out Dirty Dan, and then Rick (with Bliss at the Lairmont Manor in Edgemoor). See the resemblance?
2: Strange hiking spot, just up Austin Road. Many folks have never hiked the Stimpson Family Nature Reserve, since it is a bit off the beaten path. (Click here for a map.) It is worth the short drive! We have had many an odd experience there.
First, at some times during the year, eerie-looking white plants on thin stalks rise from the ground. I came to find out they are aptly called ghost plants. Another time I saw a beaver pop his head up from the pond. Who knew their heads were so enormous? I knew this was a strange, special place the time we passed one of the granite benches, and there, spelled out with pebbles were the names Paul and Evan. Dan’s brother’s name is Paul and our son is Evan. If you hike there, and something strange happens, let me know.
3: Many airports around the country have their largest outbound passenger numbers in summer. Here in Bellingham…according to the very helpful Kellye with the Port, our slowest month is September. If you guessed March as the busiest month, you win your wings. Last March, 51,000 people flew out of Bellingham. When we moved here, that was about the entire population.
4: Speaking of winter travel, something fun to do on vacation is to check out local homes and prices. Dan and I like to find home ad books and compare their homes with ours here. We also enjoy historical homes. On our visit to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, we traveled to the Mayan ruins at Tulum. There we saw a Mayan home (dating back at least to the early 1500s) that had carved into one stone wall an upside down newborn with an ornate umbilical cord. Our guide also mentioned that the Mayans offered blood sacrifices to the gods. As this is a PG newsletter, all I will say is that it involved one’s tongue, a stingray barb, and a bowl.